Apple will continue to trail Samsung in OLED display technology but by 2019 will have a pair of “foldable” iPhones that can convert into an iPad, according to a report from Nikkei.Though Apple will offer
only one curved OLED iPhone in 2017, more curved-display iPhones will arrive in
2018 – along with two foldable iPhones, by 2019, Nikkei says.
“Apple may be able to come up with more cutting-edge designs for iPhones
in 2018, when South Korea’s LG Display and Japan Display begin to catch up on
the technology and can supply OLED panels to the US consumer electronics
company,” David Hsieh, a senior director at market research specialist IHS
DisplaySearch, told Nikkei.
“The iPhone may come with curved edges on all four sides in 2018, and the
home button will be gone.”
As for the curved-edge models: “There will be a 4.7-inch phone that can be
turned into an iPad mini. Another model would be a 5.5-inch handset that can
become a full-sized iPad when unfolded,” Hsieh said.